The Library of Congress seeks a Director of Development/Campaign Director to help realize the vision of the 14th Librarian, Dr. Carla Hayden, in making the Library a public institution accessible to all Americans.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with a collection of more than 168 million items that include more than 39 million cataloged books and print materials in 470 languages; more than 74 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music, and sound recordings. The Library adds approximately 12,000 items to its collection every working day.
But the Library of Congress does not merely collect and preserve objects. To be successful, collections must be used. While Congress is the Library’s most visible user, the institution has inspired, informed, and engaged creators and learners of all ages and backgrounds for 219 years. Under the leadership of Dr. Hayden, the Library has embraced this scope with a new sense of dedication and purpose. The Library is planning a major $60M campaign to undertake a renovation of the Thomas Jefferson Building, the home to the Great Hall that is open to all learners and the Main Reading Room where researchers work.
The Director of Development/Campaign Director will design and lead every aspect of a comprehensive, multi-year campaign that will also establish the foundation for long-term annual fundraising. Reporting to the Librarian through her Chief of Staff, the Director of Development/Campaign Director will collaborate with the highest-level fundraising volunteers and lead the development team to secure transformational support for the Library of Congress’ civic, education, and outreach efforts.
The ideal Director of Development/Campaign Director will be a sophisticated relationship-based fundraiser who is comfortable earning the confidence of high-level donors and volunteers and has the skills to plan and manage significant long-term projects. The Director will combine these skills with a personal or professional passion for history, literature, song, and film.
Ideal candidates will have:
10 years of experience in a comprehensive non-profit development program; experience fundraising in a library or cultural institution is preferred.
Substantial experience within a successful campaign of a national organization.
Experience building and managing a comprehensive fundraising department that includes outreach to government officials, individual major gifts, foundation grants, and/or special events.
Proven ability to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies that expand a donor base and increase revenue.
Patience and tenacity in leading cultural change, securing buy-in, and building infrastructure.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.